Let’s say all of a sudden heavy rain catches you outside without an umbrella or coat. Besides worrying about getting drenched and catching a cold, you’d probably be upset about your smart phone getting wet and possibly damaged. Well if you happen to be in Japan by December then such a scenario wouldn’t bother you at all because a waterproof Android phone will be out in the local market by then. This upcoming amphibious mobile device is called the Aquos 102SH and it comes from SoftBank, one of Japan’s major telecom and media corporations. The hardware itself however is built by Sharp, another Japanese electronics and technology giant.
If the fact that this Android smart phone works even when wet is not amazing enough for you, then here are some of the Aquos 102SH’s specs. For processing power, the phone has a dual core TI OMAP4430 running at 1GHz, backed up by 1GB of RAM and 2.2 GB of ROM. It has the expected 3G, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth 3.0 connectivity options plus support for Sony’s DLNA (Digital Network Living Alliance) standard. In terms of video capability and display, the 102SH has a 12 megapixel camera that can record video in full HD and 4.5 inches of 3D LCD screen real estate with a 720 x 1280 resolution. The software environment stands on the Gingerbread platform (Android 2.3).
With such features, it can be said that SoftBank’s Aquos 102SH can compete with the currently recognized superphones. After all how many Android smart phones are out there that can deliver your news feed fix while in the shower.
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Why does Japan always get the best-specced phones…….
Because they are Japan. Competition is much more intense there. And they’ve had more advanced technology as part of the mainstream for a much longer time. The USA is still the largest single market – but it’s controlled by the carriers.
not many vendors use texas instruments to run their hardware/software. most go with qualcomm & samsung chips.